originally posted by: beezzer
a reply to: blargo
I was under the impression that the Civil Rights Act was signed into law in 1964. (?)
I was looking for bigoted democrats who joined the republican party because of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.
Perhaps I wasn't specific enough.
1966 – Marshall Parker, to run for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina; twice defeated by Fritz Hollings
1966 - Joseph O. Rogers, Jr., to run for governor of South Carolina, the first Republican to seek the post in the 20th century; lost to the
Democrat Robert Evander McNair
1966 – Thomas A. Wofford, former U.S. Senator from South Carolina (1956), before write-in campaign for State Senator from South Carolina
1966 – Len E. Blaylock, to support Winthrop Rockefeller for Governor of Arkansas, later U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Arkansas
1966 – Jerry Thomasson, switched from Democrat to Republican while a state Representative to run unsuccessfully for Attorney General of
1966 – Henry Grover of Texas, switched from Democrat to Republican while a state Representative before successfully running for Texas Senate.
1967 – William E. Dannemeyer, while serving as a superior court judge before returning to the California State Assembly, later U.S.
Representative from California (1979–1992)
1967 – Allison Kolb, former Louisiana State Auditor (1952–1956), while seeking a political comeback running unsuccessfully for state
Treasurer, lost 1956 Democratic primary for state auditor
1968 – William Reynolds Archer, Jr., while a member of the Texas House of Representatives, later U.S. Representative from Texas (1971–2001)
1968 – Will Wilson, former Attorney General of Texas (1957–1963) switched to support Richard M. Nixon in the 1968 presidential election
1968 – James L. Bentley, Comptroller General of Georgia (1963–1971), switched to Republican, along with four other statewide constitutional
officers. Bentley then lost the 1970 Republican gubernatorial nomination to Hal Suit, who was then defeated by Jimmy Carter.
1970 – Jesse Helms, two years before running for the U.S. Senate from North Carolina (1973–2003)
1970 – A. C. Clemons, while serving in the Louisiana Senate
1970 – William Oswald Mills, later became U.S. Representative from Maryland (1971–1973)
1970 – Bob Barr, who later became U.S. Representative from Georgia (1995–2003); later left the GOP to run as a Libertarian for U.S. president
1971 – Tillie K. Fowler, who later became U.S. Representative from Florida (1993–2001)
1972 – Ed Karst, while serving as the mayor of Alexandria, Louisiana; later returned to the Democrats and then became "No Party"
1972 – Robert R. Neall, before serving in the Maryland House of Delegates. He switched back to the Democratic Party in 1999
1972 – Trent Lott, prior to running to become U.S. Representative from Mississippi (1973–1989) and later U.S. Senator from Mississippi
(1989–2007) . He was administrative assistant to Rules Committee chairman William Colmer, who endorsed Lott as his successor despite Lott's party
1973 – Mills E. Godwin Jr., 60th Governor of Virginia from 1966 to 1970 and Lieutenant Governor of Virginia (1962–1966). Later 62nd Governor
1973 – Samuel I. Hayakawa, later U.S. Senate from California (1977–1983)
1973 – John Connally, former 61st United States Secretary of the Treasury (1971–1972) and former 39th Governor of Texas (1963–1969)
1975 – Elizabeth Dole, while employed by the Federal Trade Commission. Later 8th United States Secretary of Transportation (1983–1987), 20th
United States Secretary of Labor (1989–1990) and U.S. Senator from North Carolina (2003–2009)
1975 – John Jarman, while U.S. Representative from Oklahoma (1951–1977). He had served for 24 years in the House and said he was fed up with
the Democratic Party, which had been "taken over by liberals".